If you’re engaged to an Igbo fiance, you definitely want to know about the process of the igba nkwu nwanyi (wine carrying) part of the Igbo traditional marriage ceremony. In this post, you will find out everything about the process involved in planning for Igba Nkwu. Igba Nkwu Nwanyi (“bride’s wine carrying”, in English translation) is a major part of the Igbo traditional marriage rites that a groom performs at the bride’s family home, usually in her Nigerian village, in the presence of her extended family, as well as his (the groom’s) close family.
In the olden days, this was “the wedding” proper. This is part 3 of a four-part series on the stages of Igbo traditional wedding, and the link to the other parts are at the end of this article. Read on for everything you need to know about the Igbo Igba Nkwu (Traditional Marriage Ceremony).
Before the igba nkwu day, the groom should have come with his parents and family to introduce his marriage intention and ask for their consent. Below is a detailed explanation of what happens before and up to the day of the igba nkwu ceremony part of the igbo traditional marriage rites – hopefully, the information below can help you better organize a glam wine carrying ceremony.
Visit #4: The Bride’s Wine-Carrying Ceremony (Igba Nkwu Nwanyi)
The igba nkwu is about the fourth marriage introductory visit that the groom will make to the bride’s family with his close family. We had written about the very first visit of the groom, up to the third visit here. This is part 3 of our series “Stages and Processes Involved in the Igbo Traditional Marriage Ceremony”. Be sure to check out part 2 of this series to read about the earlier introductory visits to your Igbo in-laws.
Most couples print and distribute special igba nkwu invitation cards to notify guests to save their igba nkwu date. The “Igba Nkwu” ceremony is the formal traditional engagement plus customary wedding party and takes place in the bride’s father’s family compound, in her Nigerian home town. The bride’s family is excited and so caters and cooks assorted food for the groom’s family and guests. They also decorate their compound and hire sometimes live bands or traditional dancers to entertain at the occasion.
The D-Day: The day of “Igba Nkwu” (wine-carrying) ceremony is traditionally, the formal ‘wedding day’, and it includes a party/ celebration with invited friends and family, as the previous ceremonies are usually quiet, between very few family members. However, it’s up to you to decide how big or small you want to make your ‘igba nkwu’ ceremony – based on your pocket (affordability).
These days, we’re seeing the Yoruba aso-ebi trend during many igba nkwu wine carrying ceremony – brides and grooms are having their friends and close families dress up in uniform, coordinated wedding guest attires. This makes the traditional wedding very colourful and glamorous in pictures. Usually, the bride-to-be dresses up in the Igbo traditional attire for married women, that is ‘blouse and wrapper’ attire, accesorizzed with a red, native coral bead necklace, and a flamboyant headtie (Ichafu).
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Igba Nkwu Invitation Cards
By the way, you can find special ‘igba nkwu invitation cards at www.bibiinvitations.com. Their traditional wedding invitation cards are colourful with clean igbo-inspired designs; and they are really affordable. Note that we’re in no way affiliated to BibiInvitations; they don’t even know that we’re mentioning them here. It’s just that we really like their invite cards and thought you’d like them too. Otherwise, you can ask around for other Nigerian wedding invitation card designers.Image of an igba nkwu invitation card design by BiBiIinvitations.com
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